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    December 23, 2020

    The legacy of Bruce Roberts continues 71 years later

    Robert Bruce Beith wrote a regular column for the Portland Evening Express for years, but one stands out.

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    December 23, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 23

    Dec. 23, 1831: The Augusta newspaper The Age publishes its first issue, just in time to capitalize on the impending arrival of state government and the printing contracts it is likely to offer. In the 1850s, Melville Weston Fuller (1833-1910) is a part-owner of the newspaper. The Age competes for several decades with the Kennebec […]

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    December 22, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 22

    Dec. 22, 1807: President Thomas Jefferson signs the Embargo Act in response to British seizure of American cargo and impressment of American seamen during the Napoleonic wars. The law, which forbids trade with other nations, hobbles Maine seaports’ economy, which was thriving until then. The law is repealed two years later, but continued agitation from […]

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    December 21, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 21

    Dec. 21, 2005: Maine Turnpike Authority Director Paul Violette announces that his agency is planning to replace the turnpike’s toll plaza at York, which was meant to be temporary but has been functioning for 35 years. Violette said the toll plaza, which is 7 miles northeast of the New Hampshire state line on Interstate 95, […]

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    December 20, 2020

    Mother remembered for devotion to family and the toy fund

    Many donations to the toy fund are made in memory of mothers. That seems especially true this year, with notes from donors about how it was their mothers who filled the holidays with warmth and joy and lasting memories. One such donation came from Mary Turner: “In memory of my mom, Ruth Hamm, who donated every […]

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    December 20, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 20

    Dec. 20, 2018: The Portland Press Herald reports that Efficiency Maine, a state agency whose mission is to help Maine residents use energy more efficiently, has contracted with a California company for the installation of seven electric-vehicle charging stations along Maine highways from the southern part of the state to the Quebec border. The company, […]

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    December 19, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 19

    Dec. 19, 2011: As police investigate the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds of Waterville, officers seize her father’s sport utility vehicle and a Portland woman’s car from the driveway at the man’s Violette Avenue home. Searchers use an airboat to search along Messalonskee Stream for signs of the girl, and dozens of officers search the […]

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    December 18, 2020

    Parents turn to toy fund in a stormy year

    Parents grow desperate as the pandemic makes all life’s other difficulties that much worse.

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    December 18, 2020

    Young family is filled with hope, but needs a hand

    The parents seek help as they pursue careers and try to keep abreast of the bills during the pandemic.

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    December 18, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 18

    Dec. 18, 2019: U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, D-2nd District, becomes the only member of the U.S. House of Representatives to split his vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Golden votes to impeach Trump, a Republican, for abuse of power but against impeachment for obstruction of Congress. Both articles pass largely on […]

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